These were shot the other day on a cheap Holga lens bought online. With emphasis on the cheap part, I managed to reassemble the lens and focal length resulting in what’s seen below. It works, at times, better than others but overall it’s an interesting effect. Hopefully ill get around to using this effect on film
Five Filmmaking Duos Who Need To Stop Working Together
Actor/director collaborations have been behind some of the most respected and revered works to come out of Hollywood. For a select few, the meeting of the minds between director’s ambition and actor’s execution can be cinematic gold, for others it can quickly become out-dated, obsolete and just plain boring. There are those who for lack of a better analogy, need to stop working altogether (Adam Sandler and Dennis Dugan come to mind) and then there are those who were once capable of greatness but have since faded to insignificance. These aren’t bad filmmaker’s per se; rather talented individuals guilty of resting on their laurels and creating redundant films. They are collaborations that have become stale and for the sake of their careers, their fans and the film going public in general need to end.
Here are the top Five Actor/Directors who for the sake of their careers need to stop working together…
Larry Charles/ Sacha Baron Cohen
The Charles/ Cohen partnership started well enough with the amusing Borat before dissolving to the less amusing Bruno and finally the hardly amusing Dictator. Borat was enjoyable because it was something different, the concept was hardly new but the bottom line was it was funny (even if it had nothing on the Ali G Show). Baron Cohen has a wit quicker than most and is one of the few performers who can unequivocally be labelled fearless. Aside from the fact his films are getting lamer, with the profile he now has as well as some of the directors he’s worked with he no longer needs formulaic, shock and awe comedies of the like he and Charles have now delivered three films in a row.
Ridley Scott/ Russell Crowe
Aside from Gladiator (and perhaps to a much lesser extent American Gangster), the Scott/ Crowe partnership is yet to hit any consistent heights despite no lack of trying or variety. Certainly Gladiator was entertaining and undoubtedly successful (both critically and financially) but since then Scott and Crowe have failed to reach their previous benchmark. Both talented in their own right, increasingly the films of Scott/ Crowe have sloped to the point of predictability and gradually irrelevance. It isn’t so much that their films are bad per se, but rather they have failed to meet the standard set by their solo work; work which incidentally has been superior to anything they’ve delivered together. It remains to be seen whether Scott and Crowe will deliver their masterpiece together, perhaps they already have, but if their current trend continues it seems unlikely.
Judd Apatow/ Leslie Mann
Granted Apatow has his fans and likes to use a recurring cast, the Apatow/ Mann partnership feels the least funny of them all. Mann was funny enough in The 40 Year Old Virgin and certainly peaked in Knocked Up, but post 07 their collaboration has felt increasingly tired with every film. The same jokes, the same delivery and generally speaking the same character (or in the case of This Is 40 exactly the same character), all point to the fact that Apatow and Mann have and continue to stand on their laurels. Even looking beyond the recycled humour, the Apatow/ Mann partnership is only worsened by the fact in recent times they have unsteadily charted the waters of drama. Their ‘dramadies’ now have the hallmarks of being unfunny and unmoving (assuming that was their initial objective). As far as creative collaboration is concerned, it might be time for a divorce.
Tim Burton/ Helena Bonham Carter
Certainly both Burton and Bonham Carter have tasted success in their careers both critically and commercially but together their fortunes haven’t clicked. Big Fish was at best a passable outing for the two but since then it was has been nothing but a rehash of Burton’s previous work, work exceptionally better than anything these two have produced together. Helena Bonham Carter has been a pivotal member of some of the most revered films of the past 20 years, likewise there was a time when Tim Burton was one of the most respected directors around. Certainly it’s a collaboration that should work but simply doesn’t. Together, Burton and Carter have delivered nothing but flashier, more flamboyant versions of previous work that once may or may not have worked. Consistently, they have delivered loud, CGI cramped films with little to no charm or character; empty vessels for Helena Bonham Carter to essentially fulfil the same role over and over.
Gore Verbinski/ Johnny Depp
At its best the Depp/ Verbinski partnership is mildly interesting; at its worst it is just plain terrible. Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango were fun enough but At World’s End and Dead Man’s Chest were simply horrible. There is an element of fun in the Depp/ Verbinski partnership that show’s itself in the right environment but too much of the time their films are characterised by overly complicated, formulaic plot twists. Self-indulgent and misjudged, as is so often the case with Depp these days, their collaboration acts as little more than an excuse for Depp to play dress ups.
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Back in February i went over to Singapore for two weeks after i found some cheap tickets online. I had been through Singapore once on the way back from Europe so i had a vague idea of what to expect but even so i was surprised by how modern and western the place is. The city has alot of diversity and with the amount of expats living over there, it feels like a huge mix of Asian and Western.
Aside from the tourist stuff (and there is a hell of a lot of it), it was good to move beyond that and have the time to check out the quieter sections of the city. Haji Lane in the Arab Quater in particular became a favorite haunt with its Shisha bars and cafes. Turns out it has an awesome vibe at night as well.
Overall i took over 1000 photos and a pretty decent length time lapse from the roof of the hotel. Needless to say theres more to come
On 1st December 2012 The Australian Government introduced plain packaging legislation on all cigerette packets. The Black Lung follows the most discriminated group in society. Smokers
First time lapse using the GoPro Hero 3. A 20 minute segment of a typical Thursday night